J.Cole Visited Ferguson To Pay Respects To Michael Brown And Show Support

Releasing 'Be Free' wasn't enough, Cole wanted to be there in person.

Just two days after releasing “Be Free,” a heartfelt tribute to Michael Brown, J. Cole visited Ferguson, Missouri, to pay respects to the slain teen and show support to protestors.

Cole touched down in the St. Louis, Missouri suburb on Sunday evening and made his way to the scene where Brown was shot. There, he spoke with protestors and activists who were gathered at the site about the events that were taking place in their community.

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He also made additional stops in the neighborhood, including a visit to the QuickTrip gas station where the protests initially turned into looting last week. Residents on the scene captured photos and Instagram videos of the North Carolina rapper as he interacted with members of the community.

Related: Michael Brown Shooting: A Timeline Of The Fallout In Ferguson

On his Friday release, “Be Free,” Cole skipped the rapping, in favor of haunting and heartbreaking singing over a piano. And if the pain in his voice isn’t unsettling enough, he also included audio from Michael Brown’s friend Dorian Johnson, who was with him at the time of the shooting. In the audio, Johnson recounted the events that led to his friend’s death.

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On Friday night, at Riverbend Amphitheater in Cincinnati during a stop on the Drake Vs. Lil Wayne Tour, Drake also took some time in his set to pay respects to Mike Brown before a performance of “Hold On We’re Going Home.”

Complex writer, Damien Scott, has been sharing updates from the ground in Ferguson, where protests are still ongoing.

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